Two-time U.S. Open champ to play in AAPT Champs
SYDNEY, Australia -- Two-time U.S. Open champion Patrick Rafter will end his yearlong retirement next month by playing in a doubles match.
He will compete at the AAPT Championships in Adelaide, but the promoter says the former No. 1 player has ruled out a full-scale comeback.
Rafter will play with fellow Australian Josh Eagle at the season-opening event, starting Jan. 5.
Rafter, 30, contacted tournament director Colin Stubs last weekend to request a wild card, saying he needed match practice for a Feb. 2 exhibition with Mats Wilander.
"This is an unexpected chance for the people of Adelaide to show their appreciation to a great Australian," Stubs said Tuesday.
Rafter retired from the ATP Tour last January following a 12-month break to consider his future. His last official match was Australia's 3-2 loss to France in the Davis Cup final in December 2001.
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press
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